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Detroit, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Detroit ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Detroit (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Detroit. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Detroit ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Detroit.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Detroit, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Detroit.

Cemeteries Near Detroit ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Detroit.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Detroit covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Carter Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Friendship North Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Shelton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Almon Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ballard Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Riggans Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Stanford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Thompson - Centrell Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Riggan Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Pine Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pope Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spruiell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Henson Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holligan & Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Pickle Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Ray Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  E Crump Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rudicell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gilliland Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW McKinney Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Pickle Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
  E Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hathcock Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Lann Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Blaylock Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cantrell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cantrell Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smyrna Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wiggington Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Hollis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sulligent Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Nolen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crews Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fulton Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Barnesville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gann Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Cowley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bankhead Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stevens Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Hollis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stanford Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Olive Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Banister Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Galbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mangum Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rocky Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kennedy Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Dyer Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Wylie Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Springfield Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Jones Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Maxie Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Lindsey Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Detroit had a population of 163 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Detroit had a population of 227 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Detroit, with the one closest to Detroit listed first.

Pine Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Detroit
 - Pine Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Riggins (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Detroit
 - Riggins had a post office and no railroad service
Splunge (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Detroit
 - Splunge had a post office and no railroad service
Sulligent   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Detroit
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 1,844 people in 2015)
 - Sulligent had a post office and railroad service
Barnesville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Detroit
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Barnesville had a post office and no railroad service
Gattman (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Detroit
 - Gattman had a post office and railroad service
Beaverton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Detroit
 - 1895 population of 40 people (with 187 people in 2015)
 - Beaverton had a post office and railroad service
Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Detroit
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Moscow had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Detroit. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Detroit in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Detroit is located in Lamar County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lamar County: Fayette, Marion, Pickens, Lowndes (MS) & Monroe (MS).

Below are the counties that are near Detroit. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Detroit:

Lamar     (The home county for Detroit)
      Sulligent   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Guin   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Chickasaw (MS)
      Egypt (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Okolona (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Lee (MS)
      Nettleton (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shannon (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Plantersville (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Verona (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tupelo (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wren (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Detroit, see our County-by-County Page for Detroit.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Detroit:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lamar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chickasaw County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lamar County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lamar County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Detroit ...

While our initial data for Detroit came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Detroit in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Detroit.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Detroit:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Detroit in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Detroit for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Detroit.
      See our Misc Page for Detroit for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Lamar County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Detroit. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Detroit. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Detroit) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Detroit. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Detroit

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Detroit. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0282, Longitude: -88.1681     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Detroit have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Detroit, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Detroit.


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